Happy Anniversary: Michael Barrett's fist, A.J. Pierzynski's face
Exactly seven years ago, Michael Barrett punched A.J. Pierzynski in the face after Pierzynski plowed over him at home plate.
On May 20, 2006, this happened:
As it turned out, Barrett would fall out of favor next season with the Cubs after butting heads with a few members of the starting rotation and only last 37 big-league games after the 2007 season.
So, really, it's easy to see what happened. A player generally disliked by the opposition plowed over a hot head. And we get a benches-clearing brawl. Everyone wins!
On a funny, related, note, the White Sox ended up running with "Punch A.J." as their campaign slogan to get him elected to the All-Star Game via the "final vote" (where the team is set except for one last guy, chosen from a field of five).
Unheralded star of the brawl: Scott Podsednik, who got all over Barrett after the aforementioned punch.
Anyway, happy anniversay to Barrett's fist and Pierzynski's face. It was seven years ago they got together.